If you have ever bought anything secondhand, then you probably already know how important it is to give each item a thorough inspection before purchase. When thrift shopping, there are three important things to check for: labels, quality/condition and bugs (eek!):
Labels: When we say check the labels, we don’t mean be superficial and only buy designers. However, it is good to check vintage labels so that you know just how good your find is. You’ll find that some vintage pieces are either from showrooms so they never had tags, or they have lost them over time so you can also check out the buttons and other hardware.
Quality: Quality is vital for vintage. Aged pieces can wear and tear over time and if something is too damaged, then you may want to leave it behind. Little holes or tears can be patched and sewn, but major damage is sometimes just not worth the purchase!
Bugs: Checking for bugs is extremely important! Many vintage pieces have been sitting in attics for decades or hanging outside at yard sales and flea markets every weekend. You don’t want to unknowingly bring any infested pieces into your own closet. Also, when vintage shopping in major citie,s you have to beware of bed bugs. Gross, we know, but unfortunately it’s a real concern that you have to worry about!
Image credit: streetstylelondon.blogspot.com